A Visit to...Hewlett Packard Barcelona

Hewlett Packard (HP) celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its Barcelona site this year. The company has a portfolio spanning printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, and Barcelona is the nerve centre of its predominant large-format printing activities. On 3rdand 4thApril 2008 the international professional press was invited to look ‘Behind the Scenes’.<P>   "Our workforce in Barcelona consists of more than two thousand people, including employees working in our engineering and support facilities," Francois Martin introduces us to the facility. Since 2006 he has been marketing director for Graphic Arts. As might be expected, nearly 75% of the... (read more)
2008-05-17 12:00:00

Be Part of the Solution, Not the Problem!

FIG Working Week, Rome, Italy
Are surveyors relevant in today’s rapidly developing world? Do they take responsibility? Surveyors have a mandate to acquire and record data and information on people’s relationships to land, thus providing knowledge to governments for decision-making – but do they actually deliver? FIG president CheeHai Teo invited participants to discuss and analyse these and other issues during the FIG Working Week in Rome, Italy, held in May 2012. Many of today’s challenges are land-related: food security, poverty eradication, impacts of climate change, resource and disaster management, protection of ecosystems and rapid urbanisation. All these developments have a spatial dimension, and surveyors... (read more)
2012-06-29 04:52:35

Low-cost 3D Scanning Solution for High-value Deliverables

Matterport’s platform approach provides simple, economical access to immersive technology and 3D visualization
Professionals across the architectural, engineering and construction disciplines have long understood the importance of visualisation in planning and executing building projects. Visual tools such as drawings, photos and more recently 3D scanning, imagery and computer-generated models enable architects, contractors and owners to develop deep understanding of on-site conditions. Accurate information is essential in developing designs and strategies to produce great results. (This article is brought to you by Matterport) But high quality imagery and 3D data is not easy to come by. The need to capture and share realistic visual data has driven a series of significant technological advances. In... (read more)
2018-04-26 11:09:02

Autonomous 3D Modelling of Indoor Spaces

A Comparison of Mobile Indoor Scanning Methods
Mobile scanning can be an equally accurate yet more cost-effective solution than traditional terrestrial laser scanning done with tripods. To succeed, however, mobile scanners not only require a suitable combination of sensors, but also reliable and continuous knowledge about where the scanners are located and the direction in which they are pointing during scanning. There are multiple ways to achieve this, which has led to the development of various scientific and commercial solutions. This article compares several mobile scanning solutions for 3D modelling of indoor spaces and highlights their strengths and weaknesses. In modern society, people tend to spend more... (read more)
2017-10-24 04:26:03

Digital Twins Drive Geospatial Market Growth

Unveiling the Findings from the Annual Industry Survey
The ever-increasing use of digital twins in infrastructure and construction projects is creating a huge need for 3D geodata, which in turn is driving strong growth in our industry. That is just one conclusion we can draw from the most recent ‘GIM International’ annual industry survey. As the geomatics landscape continues to evolve and diversify, many providers of mapping and surveying solutions are focusing on specific vertical markets, ranging from agriculture, forestry and archaeology to construction, mining and civil engineering. Read on for our analysis of the survey results, in which we identify key growth opportunities and highlight which new... (read more)
2019-01-30 09:35:42

Geoinformation Software as a Service

From Licensing to Subscription
Accurate geoinformation about urban areas, public buildings or historical sites is in great demand. It has become astonishingly easy to capture these scenes through cameras or laser scanning or to acquire open data from a diversity of sources. Professionals without a surveying background can do the job, but such professionals require reliable, robust, easy-to-use and affordable processing tools. Today, cloud computing can meet that need, enabling users to work with software packages running on remote servers on either a pay-per-use or a subscription basis. This article presents a cloud computing service dedicated to geoinformation software. Storing data in the cloud... (read more)
2019-06-13 01:10:12

Simultaneous Capturing of Lidar and Imagery

How Major Cities May Benefit from a Hybrid Sensor System
Aerial surveys conducted in the UK and Ireland demonstrate the potential of a combination of nadir camera, oblique cameras and a Lidar unit in one to meet the need for accurate, detailed and up-to-date 3D city models. People continue to migrate from rural areas to major cities, driving sustained urban growth and increasing the demand for accurate, detailed and up-to-date 3D city models. The creation of such models is still a cumbersome endeavour but new advancements, such as the combination of three sensor types – nadir camera, oblique cameras and a Lidar unit – in one and the same geodata... (read more)
2020-02-05 01:33:28

Digitizing Reality: Automated 3D Point Cloud Data Processing Using AI

Intelligent Point Clouds
How can today's advanced technology solve the challenges that many organizations face after obtaining vast 3D point cloud datasets, such as the management, storage, registration, fusion and extraction of useful and actionable information? Instruments for digitizing the 3D real environment are becoming smaller, more lightweight, cheaper and more robust. Accordingly, they are finding increasingly widespread usage, not only on surveying tripods for the highest accuracy, but also on mobile platforms such as autonomous vehicles, drones, helicopters, aircraft, robotic vacuum cleaners, trains, mobile phones, satellites and Martian rovers. Lidar uses laser scanning, while photogrammetry records images from one or more cameras which may be... (read more)
2020-02-25 10:56:50

UAS Mapping – Where Is It Heading?

The use of a UAS to acquire geodata for mapping purposes has evolved beyond infancy and is now rapidly maturing. How will it evolve in the foreseeable future? The use of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) – cameras and Lidar sensors mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) – to acquire geodata for mapping purposes has evolved beyond infancy and is now rapidly maturing. How will UAS mapping evolve in the foreseeable future? To envisage where exactly UAS technology is heading, it is appropriate to start with the big picture before examining the details. So what is the... (read more)
2020-05-13 04:05:36

Integrating Robotics into the Construction Surveyor’s Workflow

Robots Equipped with Laser Scanning, Total Station and GNSS Technologies
How are robots and autonomous technology likely to affect surveying roles as they become increasingly integrated into workflows? With great possibilities come great responsibilities, and this is particularly true for the role robotics and autonomous technology can play in our world. Over the course of time, technological possibilities have drastically changed the face of many jobs in surveying, construction and geospatial applications. Since the 1990s, for example, robotic total stations have resulted in an enormous leap in productivity by making it possible for an operator to carry out a site survey alone thanks to automated rotation and tracking of the... (read more)
2021-01-12 11:10:24
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